Writing Wednesday: Things I Learned in Malta About Writing – 10 Relax!

Sorry this is a day late, I had a crazy busy day yesterday! On a recent holiday in Malta I saw many things that could help me with my writing. I will be sharing one each week.
Here is point 10 I learned:

Relax!

Write for you imageWhen you thank them or apologise, the Maltese say, “No problem!” Your writing shouldn’t be a problem. Remember – you write because you love it. Don’t lose sight of that, ever.

In point 7, There’s Always A Way Up The Hill, I wrote, You’re not writing essays for school or reports for work, under duress. You are writing because it’s something you have to do, for yourself. But it’s easy to become your own taskmaster.

I’ve written previously about not letting people steal your dreams. But sometimes we can sabotage ourselves.

Being an author involves more than writing. Even traditional publishers expect authors to undertake a large amount of their own publicity. Once you get on social media it can draw you in and take up all your time.

When I started I followed every link and read so much advice, I was overwhelmed. If I saved emails, my inbox grew huge. If I bookmarked websites, my bookmarks got out of control. I was afraid I might miss something important. But soon it was drudgery, all the fun went out of it.

I realised that lots of people give good advice but you can’t listen to it all. I settled on a few good sites for support and advice, and a few places to interact with potential readers, and it all became manageable. Then I could relax and enjoy it. And I had more time for my writing, which is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

I also wrote in point 7 about finding ways to write when you’re pushed for time. There is lots of advice around about writer’s block, but I think writer’s block comes on when you’re stressed. You need to relax and give the creative juices a chance to work.

Write every day, but don’t fret about it. Enjoy it. If you’re up against a deadline it can get a bit fraught, but if you’re organised and consistent, you won’t get behind.

You need a clear head and low stress levels to function at your best. Go out for a walk, watch a movie, read a good book, spend time with your friends and family. Relax!

2014-09-22 16.34.34This is almost the last of the things I learned in Malta about writing. There’s one more – and it’s a warning! you’ll see next week.

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About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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